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White Sox win high-scoring marathon in Minnesota behind Jose Abreu's big game

White Sox win high-scoring marathon in Minnesota behind Jose Abreu's big game

MINNEAPOLIS — The White Sox rode a career game at the plate by Jose Abreu to a comeback victory on Sunday afternoon.

Abreu homered twice and drove in a career-high seven runs and the White Sox rallied from four runs down to beat the Minnesota Twins 13-11 in 12 innings in front of 22,595 at Target Field.

Tim Anderson’s two-run double off Pat Dean helped the White Sox overcome a blown save by Dave Robertson to win for the second time in seven games on the road trip. Brian Dozier, Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano and J.R. Murphy all homered for the Twins.

Tommy Kahnle pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the 12th for his first save of the season and third of his career.

“This is what you really expect out of (Abreu),” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “It’s pretty free and easy right now.

“(It helps) when you have a guy where you feel like he’ll get something started or drive it in. “That’s what he’s doing right now.”

Anderson made sure Abreu didn’t have to do any more heavy-lifting than he already had. With runners on second and third, Anderson worked the count full before he ripped a 3-2 slider into the left-field corner to score both runs. Anderson went 3-for-7 to raise his average to .285.

“The game is going back and forth and you don’t want to give in,” Anderson said. “It’s a relief --- kind of like my first hit.”

The White Sox had earlier rallied from a 10-9 deficit in the ninth inning on Avisail Garcia’s bases-loaded, two-run single off Brandon Kintzler. But Kurt Suzuki doubled off Robertson with one out to drive in the tying run. It was Robertson’s seventh blown save in 40 tries.

Abreu, who also went 3-for-7, made Sano pay for a first-inning error when he could have turned an inning-ending double play. Red hot on the road trip, Abreu hammered a 1-1 slider from Andrew Albers for a three-run shot, his 21st.

With the White Sox down three in the fifth, Abreu showed his finesse side as he dumped a 3-2 slider into right for a two-out RBI single.

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The first baseman displayed his power once more in the seventh when a 1-2 curveball caught way too much of the plate resulting in a 465-foot shot into the second deck in left. Abreu’s second three-run homer of the game got the White Sox back within 9-8.

It was the first seven RBI-performance by a White Sox hitter since Jim Thome on July 17, 2009, against the Baltimore Orioles. Abreu hit .412/.412/.794 with four home runs and 13 RBIs on the seven-game road trip.

“I would say this is my best moment of the season,” Abreu said though an interpreter.

But the Twins easily erased their early four-run deficit when Buxton continued a monster series of his own with a game-tying grand slam off Anthony Ranaudo in the second inning. Dozier’s 18th homer since July 31 and 35th overall extended Minnesota’s lead to 7-4 in the bottom of the fourth.

Murphy made it an 8-5 game with a solo homer off the foul pole in the fifth inning. Sano, who also homered on Saturday, gave the Twins a two-run cushion with a solo homer off Matt Albers in the seventh inning.

Ranaudo allowed nine earned runs and 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings for the White Sox.

Those woes nearly extended to the 12th as rookie Juan Minaya walked the first batters he faced. Kahnle also issued a walk as the Twins loaded the bases. But Kahnle knocked down Eddie Rosario’s two-out grounder and Todd Frazier retrieved it and fired to third for the final out.

“I’m not going to tell you what was going through my mind,” Ventura said. “They’re not easy. (The Twins battled).”

Luis Robert leaves Arizona Fall League game with injury

Luis Robert leaves Arizona Fall League game with injury

White Sox prospect Luis Robert headed to the Arizona Fall League to get more playing time after injuries limited to 50 games in 2018.

He just got hurt in the Arizona Fall League.

Robert is playing with the Glendale Desert Dogs in the AFL and left Friday's game with an injury.

It's not clear what the injury was, but Robert walked off on his own power. He also has pulled out of the Bowman Hitting Challenge (a modified home run derby) that will take place Saturday.

Robert, the No. 4 White Sox prospect and No. 44 overall prospect according to MLB Pipeline, was 1-for-3 in Friday's game before exiting. He has hit safely in all four games in the AFL, going 5-for-17 (.294) with a walk and three strikeouts, but no extra base hits.

The 21-year-old is the third youngest player on the team and the AFL is a respected offseason league for prospects. A good showing from Robert would be a sign that he is beginning to develop his talent into playable tools.

The injury could be minor so no need to ring the alarm bells yet, but the AFL season is barely more than a month long. Even a short-term injury could prevent him from making up for some of the lost playing time from the 2018 minor league season.

Sonny Gray is available: Could he be a one-year stopgap for the White Sox?


Sonny Gray is available: Could he be a one-year stopgap for the White Sox?

The White Sox have a hole or two to plug in their starting rotation. Could Sonny Gray be an answer?

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Friday that he's looking to trade Gray away from the Bronx this winter.

Gray isn't as attractive an add as he was a few years back, when he was coming off a sensational 2015 campaign that saw him post a 2.73 ERA and log 208 innings. He went to the All-Star Game and finished third in the AL Cy Young vote that year.

Since, he's been less successful. He made just 22 starts with the Oakland Athletics in 2016 and had a 5.69 ERA. The following season, he started with a strong 3.43 ERA in 16 starts for the A's before the midseason trade that sent him to the Yankees, where he made 11 starts with a 3.72 ERA. This season didn't go too well, earning Gray a move to the bullpen. He finished with a 4.90 ERA in 30 games, only 23 of those being starts. He threw just 29.1 innings over his final 10 appearances of the season, three of which were starts. He had a 5.26 ERA with 50 walks in 113 innings as a starter in 2018.

Those numbers won't leap off the page (in a positive way) for anyone, but there's no doubt that a potential deal for Gray would be a low-risk move for the White Sox. For a team looking to add 40 percent of a starting rotation, being able to do so cheaply — be it from a dollar or prospect standpoint — would be a good thing, especially if the strategy ends up being to simply add one-year fill-ins while Michael Kopech recovers from Tommy John surgery and Dylan Cease makes his way to the major leagues.

However, Gray's 57-walk total from the 2018 season could be something the White Sox would want to stay away from. After all, White Sox pitchers led the AL with 653 walks this season. They also had five of the top 21 walk-issuing pitchers in the Junior Circuit: Lucas Giolito led the league with 90, James Shields was third with 78, Reynaldo Lopez was fifth with 75, Hector Santiago was 15th with 60, and Carlos Rodon was 21st with 55. Gray slotted in right ahead of Rodon.

But Gray has obviously produced results in the past, and whether the White Sox are looking to simply plug the holes in the 2019 staff or potentially find a sign-and-flip candidate for the 2019 trade deadline — he's slated to hit free agency after the 2019 season — Gray could fit that bill. One thing's for sure: He's available.